La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Twins-Tigers: Positive news on Joe Mauer

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: May 4, 2010 - 6:23 PM

The Twins waited until today to send righthander  Jeff Manship to Class AAA Rochester. Indications are that Joe Mauer was on the verge of landing on the DL.

But a MRI on Mauer's left heel has revealed a soft tissue bruise, not a bone bruise. That's a good thing, because a bone bruise would take longer to heal.

Mauer continued to receive treatment on Tuesday, and it's still not known when he'll be able to return to action. But the fact that the Twins decided against placing Mauer on the DL suggests that he won't be out an extended amount of time.

The Twins get another crack at lefthander Dontrelle Willis, who beat them last week in the Motown City. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said that the Twins got in good hitter's counts against Willis but then chased bad pitches. So he's looking for his hitters to force Willis to throw them strikes.

Wilson Ramos is back in the lineup tonight - I'm sure a .778 batting average is hard to ignore. Ramos is the first player since Nanny Fernandez for the 1942 Boston Braves to have seven hits in his first two major league games.


Tigers (16-11)

1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Johnny Damon, DH
3. Magglio Ordonez, RF
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
5. Brennan Boesch, LF
6. Brandon Inge, 3B
7. Scott Sizemore, 2B
8. Gerald Laird, C
9. Adam Everett, SS

LHP Dontrelle Willis

Twins (17-9)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Orlando Hudson, 2B
3. Justin Morneau, 1B
4. Jim Thome, DH
5. Michael Cuddyer, RF
6. Delmon Young, LF
7. J.J. Hardy, SS
8. Wilson Ramos, C
9. Nick Punto, 3B

RHP Nick Blackburn




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